Mixed 30-06 shells...

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Mixed 30-06 shells...

Postby DukDukGoose » Mon Nov 05, 2012 7:59 pm

So, I cleaned out the gun cabinet this weekend and found a buttload of mixed, random, 30-06 cartridges. Anyone know how i would tell them apart? (Grain wise?)
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Re: Mixed 30-06 shells...

Postby Sagebrush » Mon Nov 05, 2012 11:36 pm

With the different weight bullets and all the different weight of powders than can be in those loads, I would
just shoot them up at the range or on rabbits or vermin. 150 to 165 or 165 to 180grs is to close to know what might be
in each case.

if you reload, pop them open and weigh the bullets and toss the powder since you have no way to tell 100% what it might be
mostly if factory loads...............unless you reload them back into the same brass that they came out of, which is time consuming but would work.
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Re: Mixed 30-06 shells...

Postby apexhunter » Tue Nov 06, 2012 2:15 pm

If they are of mixed headstamp one could assume the like brands to be the same but this would be simply a guess. Like sage said you would be best to use them as throw-away fodder for some trigger time and not worry about groups or hunting as you cannot "look" at cartridges and see what they are. You could sort them by total weight but that would be coincidental at best.
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Re: Mixed 30-06 shells...

Postby dsm16428 » Sun Dec 23, 2012 12:31 pm

Another very simple remedy to that would be to keep them in the original boxes in the first place so that you don't run into this problem again? :fingerhead: If you have the original boxes and are sure as to what brand went with what box (by looking at the rim stamp), you should be able to figure out what's what as long as you know you didn't buy a bunch of different weight rounds, which most guys won't do anyways...
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Re: Mixed 30-06 shells...

Postby Bernie P. » Tue Dec 25, 2012 9:19 am

You might be able to tell by lining them up.The taller should have heavier bullets.Those of equal height should be the same or pretty close to one another.
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Re: Mixed 30-06 shells...

Postby Skoug » Tue Feb 05, 2013 6:49 pm

Bernie P. wrote:You might be able to tell by lining them up.The taller should have heavier bullets.Those of equal height should be the same or pretty close to one another.


For the most part the rounds are going to be loaded to the same COAL due to magazine length restrictions. there will be more bullet shoved back into the case but overall length will be nearly the same.
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Re: Mixed 30-06 shells...

Postby callinfowl » Tue Mar 05, 2013 3:11 am

DukDukGoose wrote:So, I cleaned out the gun cabinet this weekend and found a buttload of mixed, random, 30-06 cartridges. Anyone know how i would tell them apart? (Grain wise?)


If you are shooting pigs or deer under 150 yards ,you will be fine whether it's a 150gr up to 220 gr. you POI should be with in .5'' or less.

Shoot a few to see for you're self. :yes:
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